Wednesday, January 21, 2015

City of Blood - Blog Tour Review

Author Frédérique Molay on Tour January 15 – February 3 with

The City of Blood

[police procedural / thriller] (translated by Jeffrey Zuckerman) Release date: January 20, 2015 at Le French Book 212 pages ISBN: 978-1939474186 Website | Goodreads ***

SYNOPSIS

When a major Parisian modern art event gets unexpected attention on live TV, Chief of Police Nico Sirsky and his team of elite crime fighters rush to La Villette park and museum complex. There, renowned artist Samuel Cassian is inaugurating the first archeological dig of modern art, twenty-seven years after burying the leftovers of a banquet. In front of reporters from around the world, excavators uncover a skeleton. Could it be the artist’s own son? And does that death have anything to do with the current string of nightclub murders by the “Paris Butcher”? On the site of the French capital’s former slaughterhouses, the investigation takes Nico and France’s top criminal investigation division from artists’ studios to autopsy theaters and nightclubs in hopes of tracking down the murderer who has turned this Paris park into a city of blood. [provided by the publisher] ***


Review

I loved the concept of this book.  An art exhibit that is buried to be dug up 30 years later with great fanfare?  That's brilliant and then when a skeleton is discovered in the remains of the buried art exhibit during the very public exhumation of that exhibit?  Also brilliant!  Now Nico and his colleagues have a 30 year old murder to investigate but are shocked when a recent series of murdes seem to have a tie in to the skeleton.  

While the murders are very brutal and everything is clearly dealt with there's a distance to the book itself that will keep you turning pages but won't give you nightmares.  The writing style approaches the murders from almost an academic perspective even though everyone is involved is very motivated to solve the murders.  The book reminded me very much of early Aaron Elkins books which I gobbled up by the handful years ago.

It was fascinating to get a look into the French legal system, attitudes on art, on homosexual lifestyles, and just day to day life in Paris.  There's a subplot with Nico's mother that I ordinarily would object to but the author did a fantastic job tying in to Nico's motivations to solving the murders.  

My only complaint is that it was a little hard to keep the characters straight but I suspect that it is because I'm starting the series on the 3rd book.  I think I would've enjoyed it more if I'd started at the beginning.  

If you're looking for an unusual mystery with interesting characters than The City of Blood is not one to pass up!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Frederique MolayCalled, “the French Michael Connelly,” Frédérique Molay graduated from France’s prestigious Science Po and began her career in politics and the French administration. She worked as chief of staff for the deputy mayor of Saint-Germain-en-Laye, and then was elected to the local government in Saône-et-Loire. Meanwhile, she spent her nights pursing a passion for writing she had nourished since she wrote her first novel at the age of eleven. The first in the Paris Homicide series, The 7th Woman, won France’s most prestigious crime fiction award and went on to become an international bestseller, allowing Molay to dedicate her life to writing and raising her three children.
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ABOUT THE TRANSLATOR

Jeffrey Zuckerman was born in the Midwest and lives in New York. He has worked as an editorial assistant, a lifeguard, and a psychology researcher. Now an editor for Music and Literature Magazine, he also freelances for several companies, ranging from the pharmaceutical industry to old-fashioned book publishing. He holds a degree in English with honors from Yale University, where he studied English literature, creative writing, and translation.
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24 comments:

  1. Love the sound of the mystery in this one, along with the french legal system and things like that being explored. Great review Katherine!

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    1. Thank you! I really enjoyed this one and am looking forward to reading more of the series!

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  2. I like good police procedural novels and books about art and art thefts, though I balk at too much violence in books! Glad you liked it!

    Harvee
    Book Dilettante

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    1. There are some violent scenes but not many and they're very short. It's mostly looking at the crime after it's done.

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  3. thanks for your great review. Time then to read the first books of the series, the 2nd one, Crossing The Line is really amazing! And time for me to look into Aaron Elkins

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    1. I have Crossing the Line and am really looking forward to reading it!

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  4. That's definitely a different book to read. Don't really know of any that you get the French legal system. So use to American or British.
    You going to maybe pick up the first two books now?
    Happy reading!
    Brittany @ This is the Story of My(Reading) Life

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    1. Oh definitely! I already have the 2nd and need to find the 1st. Some of the legal differences were surprising. It was really interesting!

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  5. Oh this sounds good and yes I agree the premise of digging up the treasure is an intriguing one. Hmm, since you had trouble with characters it might be better to start with book one. Thanks for sharing your thoughts

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    1. Definitely start with book 1 but this is a great series!

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  6. Sounds great, I am a Francophile and this plot sounds wonderful. I sure will participate in the giveaway.

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    1. If you are a Francophile I think you would love this series! Good luck with the giveaway!

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  7. Oh that is a very neat storyline concept. I love the ones that revolve around art and mysteries like that.

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    1. This was fascinating and I loved how art was used in this one. It was more about attitudes and trends than the pieces themselves.

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  8. This sounds like something I would like. Sounds mysterious.

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    1. I really loved this one! I'm looking forward to reading the other 2.

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  9. I'm glad you enjoyed it! I love the premise.

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    1. This was probably one of my favorite premises I've come across. It was great!

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  10. I've read the two previous books in the series and really enjoyed them.

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    1. I can't wait to read then! I really enjoyed this one!

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  11. I may have a copy of this book on my Kindle. I am interested in giving it a try. I enjoy mysteries set in other countries, and I like the premise of this one.

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    1. Oh try it! I really think you would enjoy it!

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  12. Thank you for this opportunity. Looking forward to reading it.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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